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Run almost entirely by volunteers, Animal Connections is a no-kill rescue network that firmly believes in the foster to adoption path. They are diligent about posting in-depth profiles of all of the dogs available for adoption, including their background, strengths, and areas needing improvement. Animal Connections provides a lot of supplementary assistance to the dominant shelter in Charlottesville, the CASPCA.

Serving all of Albemarle County is a big feat, but the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA (CASPCA) manages beautifully in this mountain town. They rehome hundreds of pets each year and host a number of community events to raise awareness and funds. Community programs include the Barn Cat Project and the Angel Adoption Project, under which adoption fees are waived in order provide homes to special needs or antisocial animals. CASPCA also hosts a vibrant junior volunteer program, providing young adults with meaningful work experience. 

As Charlottesville is a small college mountain town, CASPCA is the dominating shelter for the community. In the same breath, residents find that living amongst nature does not come without its challenges. Often woodland creatures wander into town or are found by our own furry friends, and are injured. Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary is a rehabilitation and rescue center sheltering all exotic and wild animals needing a helping hand in the local area. RWS provides instructions on how to rescue an animal if found out of hours of operation. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Charlottesville

  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Yearround

    #1 Brew Ridge Parkway

    Charlottesville is not only known for being exceptionally dog-friendly, but also for its mass density of breweries and distilleries.  Running through the Blue Ridge Mountain system, the Brew Ridge Parkway is a destination for any avid beer, cider, or wine drinker. Of the nearly 30 breweries like Devil's Backbone, Bold Rock, or Wild Wolf within a 20 mile radius, nearly all of them welcome dogs on their expansive patio set ups.
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  • Admission $4.00
    Duration 7AM-7PM

    #2 Crabtree Falls

    Take in the lush Blue Ridge Mountain landscape from 1,200 feet at Crabtree Falls. The path is well maintained and marked, with five breaking points at the most scenic segments of the falls. Beautiful year-round, Crabtree is a must-stop for nature lovers, and dogs will find the 2-hour hike manageable at the least. Admission is free, and parking cost is $4.
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  • Admission $20.00
    Duration 2PM-4PM

    #3 Dogtoberfest

    Every October, ACAC Waterpark allows dogs to frolic and swim before closing up for the year. Hosted by CASPCA, Dogtoberfest almost always sells out, so buy in advance.  Food, beer, photobooths, and costume contests - what more could you ask for? Starting at $20 and an additional $10 per extra dog, the proceeds help CASPCA continue serving the community. Plus, whats more fun than seeing your mutt splash around with his friends?
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 12PM-5PM

    #4 Dog Fest & Howl-O-Ween

    A local favorite each year, Dog Fest & Howl-O-Ween bring together several vendors and neighboring rescues to IX Art Park for a paws-itively spectacular day.  The costume contest is judged in the middle of the day, and refreshments are available throughout the event. Three Notch'd Brewery even offers a selection of beers at which a portion of the proceeds will go towards CASPCA, the host of this event.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 10AM-9PM

    #5 Spring Founders Festival

    Put together by the Tom Tom Foundation, the Spring Founders Festival is a massive event that brings together art, technology, and entrepreneurship. Dogs are welcome to all of the open air outdoor events such as the block parties, where you can grab a beer and listen to one of the several headlining bands for the week. Spring Founders Festival brings together all the up and coming figures of culture in Charlottesville and beyond for a week of sharing ideas and innovation.
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